Monthly Archives: April 2015

Customer Calls, Not Smart Meters, Still Primary Source of Power Outage Notification for Utilities

The BRIDGE Energy Group has announced the results of its 2015 utility industry survey on outage and restoration management.  Despite the fact that 81% of surveyed utilities claim to have Smart Meters deployed, only 16% of these utilities use their … Continue reading

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Smart Cities: Wide Open to Cyber Attacks, Civilization Threatening Events and other Unintended Consequences

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions Key Point (Quotation): “The more technology a city uses, the more vulnerable to cyber attacks it is, so the smartest cities have the highest risks.” [1] Key Point (Quotation): “If the history of city building in the … Continue reading

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Consumer Organizations’ Grave Concerns on Smart Meters Ignored

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  Introduction In June 2011, a resolution regarding smart meters was issued by the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD).  The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) is a forum of US and EU consumer organizations which develops and agrees … Continue reading

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Smart Meter Refusal Fee Rescinded in Arizona

Last December the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) set a $5/mo “opt-out fee” for analog meters as well as a $50 initial fee for those customers who wisely do not want invasive smart meter technology attached to their homes. The ACC … Continue reading

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Why Installing Smart Meters May Not Be So Smart

Source:  Grassroots Environmental Education In driveways and backyards across the country, utility workers are busy replacing mechanical analog meters with new wireless meters that communicate directly with utility companies, informing them of your use of gas, electricity or water.  Various … Continue reading

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Smart Grid Vision Haunted by Challenges

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  Key Article Points “Complete deployment of the current smart grid vision might transform the twilight into complete dark.” “The smart grid vision has some realizable potentials, but the price of these benefits seems more than … Continue reading

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Concerns in Arizona over Smart Meter Hacking

Source:  CBS 5,  KPHO Broadcasting Corporation, Phoenix, AZ In the cyberworld we live in, we are constantly vulnerable.  Our bank accounts and computers can easily be hacked into, but what about our electricity meters? Many utility companies are replacing aging … Continue reading

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Fort Collins, Colorado Provides Consumer Choice on Smart Meter Privacy Invasions

by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions  Utility smart meters invade consumer privacy.  The degree of privacy invasion is directly proportional to the granularity and nature of the data collected by the meters. Most utilities in the United States and Canada appear … Continue reading

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